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Schiff on Intel report: GOP ‘chose not to seriously investigate’ collusion

Greg Nash

House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff (Calif.) on Friday condemned the panel’s Republicans after they released their final report declaring no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In a statement, Schiff accuses his GOP colleagues of ignoring evidence of collusion that he says was “in plain sight” in their probe into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

{mosads}“Throughout the investigation, Committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses,” Schiff says.

“The Trump campaign and Administration’s efforts to deny, conceal and, when discovered, misrepresent what took place in these interactions with the Russians is powerful evidence of a consciousness of wrongdoing,” he added.

Schiff, who has been sharply critical of panel Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and his handing of the probe, pointed to meetings between Kremlin-linked officials and former Trump associates including Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and George Papadopoulos as evidence of a broader scheme to collude with Russia’s government.

In the now-infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Donald Trump Jr., along with Manafort and Jared Kushner, met with a Russian lawyer they had been told could provide dirt on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. 

“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. said in one email ahead of the meeting.

“There is no denying the abundant evidence that the Trump campaign sought, and was eager to accept, the assistance of a hostile foreign power bent on interfering in our election,” Schiff says.

“It is also uncontroverted that the Russians assisted the Trump campaign through a surreptitious social media campaign, an overt paid media effort, an elaborate hacking and dumping operation targeting the [Democratic National Committee] and Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta, and potentially through additional means still under investigation.”

Republicans on the committee released their report on Friday, declaring in the document that the panel found “no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.”

The report went on to chastise both Trump’s campaign and the Hillary Clinton campaign for “poor judgment and ill-considered actions.”

Democrats on the committee have ripped Republicans for wrapping up the investigation, which they say never interviewed several key witnesses and had more ground to cover.

Tags Adam Schiff Adam Schiff Devin Nunes Donald Trump Donald Trump Donald Trump Jr. Donald Trump presidential campaign George Papadopoulos Hillary Clinton House Intelligence Committee Jared Kushner Paul Manafort Russia Investigation

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